629 child brides sold to China: Islamabad

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Islamabad: According to asianews reporting, almost 629 Pakistani girls sold as caged brides to Chinese husbands — this is the official number of the recent phenomenon of trafficking in women from the South Asian — country to the Chinese giant.

This was exposed by an investigation by the Associated Press, which managed to have the original reports of the complaints filed since 2018.

Though, according to investigators, the wonder is far more wide-ranging, if only the judicial authorities had continued to register the complaints at the same pace as the first few months.

After an initial investigative momentum — there is a progressive slowdown in the registration of cases.

People “informed of the facts” motivate this contraction due to pressure and intervention from the Islamabad government. In fact, it would have exercised its inspiration to curb investigations so as not to damage the “profitable” link with Beijing.

Proof of this is the acquittal of 31 Chinese in a single case of trafficking in human beings, freed by the court of Faisalabad — in October.

According to some family members of the victims – who speak under anonymity, the accusing victims later refused to testify against their torturers because of threats or for compensation received to keep silent.

The scandal of Christian and Muslim women sold as sex slaves for Chinese husbands emerged in mid-2019. The high number of victims involved in this new market in human beings — exposes the presence of branched organizations in Pakistan and China.

The “success” of arranged marriages is confirmed by the complicity of pastors who celebrate weddings and intermediaries who act as victimizers and translators.

In general, girls are sold as brides and then forced to satisfy their husbands’ sexual pleasures just or used for organ trafficking in China.

The “chosen ones” are in particular girls who are very poor and illiterate, incapable to recognize the danger and the seductive practices of traffickers.

Some see in the “Chinese dream” the resolution to all their ills: indigence, absent families, previously failed romantic relationships. Though, an anonymous source reveals that, ultimately, the economic advantage for families is not that relevant. “For every bride Chinese and Pakistani intermediaries — he says — earn from 4 to 10 million rupees [from 23 thousand to 58 thousand euros, ed]; but only 200 thousand —

are given to families.”

Another official adds: “No one is helping these girls. The racket continues and is on the rise. Why? The reason is that they know they can get away with it. The authorities will not complete the proceedings; everyone is asked not to examine. The trafficking is now rising.”

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